Arsene Wenger is worried about Alexis Sanchez missing three months of football if he plays with a hamstring injury.
Sanchez has said he is ready to face Uruguay on Tuesday despite being in pain and Wenger is desperate for Chile to allow club doctors to see his scans.
The worry is compounded by the player’s willingness to play through injury.
Wenger told beIN Sports: “I got a text last night (to say) that he has a hamstring injury. The team from Chile has travelled without him and they kept him to try and get him fit to play Uruguay for the second game on Tuesday night.
“I believe that with a hamstring injury. We have to get access for our medical staff to the MRI scan to see what grade it is, how bad it is and make absolutely sure they don’t make any suicidal decision that could harm his future for two or three months.
“That is absolutely important. It’s a grey area between the national team and the club team and of course they look at their own results which I can understand but we have to preserve the health of Alexis Sanchez.
“He always wants to play and that’s where it is a more sensitive case because he’s always ready to play even when injured.”